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The Bachelor: Winter Games Cast List Released! Who’s Missing?!

If you already follow The Bachelor Spoilers, you have a pretty good idea of how this season ends.

But you have something else to look forward to, starting the night before Valentine’s Day. It’s something new.

It’s called The Bachelor: Winter Games, and now we finally know the cast. And there’s a huge surprise!

The Bachelor is about a man trying to choose one woman among many to be the love of his life … for a few months, usually.

The Bachelorette has the same premise, but with a woman choosing between male suitors.

And then there’s Bachelor in Paradise. On that messy, messy spin-off, faves (and villains) from the two leading shows meet, mingle, and hook up for everyone’s entertainment.

Premiering on February 13th, The Bachelor: Winter Games is going to work along similar lines, in that the people you see will be familiar faces from the Bachelor Nation.

Or should we say … the Bachelor Nations.

As ABC explains:

“Throughout the run of The Bachelor Winter Games, fans can expect twists and turns on and off the ski mountain, as well as romance, heartbreak, love and, of course, roses.”

Contestants will come from Bachelor spin-offs from all over the world. Because yes, the franchise is that big.

“The bachelors and bachelorettes will participate in challenges from winter biathlon to ice dancing, with date cards being given to the winners of each challenge.”

Hopefully, things won’t be too athletically strenuous. They’re all beautiful, but most have desk jobs.

“Romantic dates will test the bachelors’ and bachelorettes’ perseverance in pursuing relationships with one another while faced with language barriers and cultural differences, including some amusing issues with intimacy.”

So, in case you were worried that there wouldn’t be any romantic drama … you can stop worrying.

Let’s take a look at which familiar names and faces will be representing Team USA!

Ben Higgins

Michael Garofola

Dean Unglert

Ashley Iaconetti

Luke Pell

Eric Bigger

Lesley Murphy

Josiah Graham

Clare Crawley

Jamie Kocan

Other contestants will be playing for Australia, Canada, Finland, Japan, Switzerland and Germany (one team), the UK, New Zealand, and China.

Incidentally, when we told you about this series event months ago, we mentioned that Peter Kraus would be making his Bachelor come-back on this spin-off.

It’s strange to not see his name on this list.

Don’t get us wrong — we’re excited for other things, from absolute legend Nancy Kerrigan’s promised appearance (as a guest) to what we hope will be Dean Unglert’s redemption arc.

But it’s not just that people in general would like to see Peter Kraus on the show. We heard months ago that this was his next thing. So … what happened?

Maybe this twist is just because of a falling out between Peter Kraus and producers. We sure hope not, but it’s possible.

It may be, however, that he will be on the list … but was for some reason momentarily excluded. Perhaps because he was already known? That doesn’t make sense, but we’re spitballing, here.

It is also possible that Peter Kraus has something else lined up on this franchise. Perhaps something a little more exciting … like, say, if he’s already lined up to be The Bachelor in 2019.

Finally, it’s possible that he just had an injury or something else that prevented him from taking part. Which would be tragic on multiple levels.

ABC is expected to release two more names for the cast list (at least). Perhaps Peter’s will be one of them.

We’re not sure, but we’ll be sure to let you know when we know more.

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Ariel Winter & Levi Meaden Flaunt Their Christmas PDA!

It’s been less than 14 months since Ariel Winter and Levi Meaden’s one-year anniversary, but that hasn’t stopped these two from looking super domestic.

They took pictures with a big ol’ tree. They took photos in matching Christmas onesies. And they took photos locking lips in front of their decorations.

‘Tis the season!

Ariel Winter’s always happy to celebrate the holidays.

Last October, we saw Ariel get into the Halloween spirit and out of her clothes. And that was before they dressed up in multiple different costumes.

So you can always count on Ariel to be seasonal … and, when it comes to her boyfriend, affectionate.

(Ariel and Levi’s PDA has been all over social media, folks)

As you can see, they didn’t need any mistletoe to put them in the kissing mood.

That photo was shared to Snapchat.

As sweet as their kiss in front of that dazzlingly decorated Christmas tree is, we’d like to point out a couple of things.

One, Ariel Winter’s red dress is both in a perfect seasonal color and gorgeous.

Two, they have so many presents around that tree. They’re not under the tree, they’re forming a small ocean around it.

That’s what Christmas is all about. (Well, okay, also spending time with your loved ones, we guess)

As you can see, Ariel and Levi didn’t limit their affections to formal attire.

These Christmas onesies look adorable and comfortable.

(That said, folks, no matter how cute your onesies might be, don’t pressure your family members into wearing them for anything more than just a photo op — some people find them confining, or too warm)

Clearly, Levi and Ariel were feeling romance along with holiday cheer.

But they weren’t the only ones who wore matching outfits:

Ariel captioned this photo:

“Kids are a struggle y’all. But Merry Christmas from our little dysfunctional family to yours!!!!”

That is so cute, you guys.

(The “kids” to whom she’s referring, in case you worry that you missed a huge story, are these dogs. Like most Millennials, Ariel refers to her dogs as her children)

We love how domestic Ariel and Levi are as a couple. We also love their “dysfunctional family” and the fact that Ariel feels comfortable enough in their easy domesticity to write that.

This is a big time in Ariel and Levi’s lives.

Modern Family, which feels like it’s gone on for decades, won’t last forever. But Ariel has grown from a child star into an adult hottie before the very eyes of viewers.

Levi, in the mean time, has entered Ariel’s life and, despite their age difference, they’ve found love and comfort in each other.

In the next Pacific Rim film, Levi Meaden might get his big break — because he’s in that movie in some capacity.

That should hopefully lay to rest the rumors that Levi Meaden is just Ariel Winter’s kept boy. He’s not, folks. He has his own acting career and everything.

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Ariel Winter and Levi Meaden Celebrate One Year Together!

We all saw Ariel Winter get into the Halloween spirit … and out of most of her clothes. Halloween is a fun time, and she ended up pulling off a number of different costumed looks.

Well, now it’s November, and she’s celebrating something that’s a lot more special: her one-year anniversary with boyfriend Levi Meaden.

And what better way to mark one year together than with some steamy photos?

Admittedly, this couple has proven to be controversial for some fans.

For example, when Ariel Winter and Levi Meaden moved in together after only dating for six months, it caused a bit of a stir.

We should remember, though, that for celebrities concerned about privacy, moving in together has some added benefits that those of us who aren’t followed by cameras or creepy fans might not understand.

Plus, it’s not like Ariel Winter’s home doesn’t have plenty of room.

The disparity between the couple’s respective degrees of fame was another point of criticism, with haters even going so far as to suggest that Levi Meaden was Ariel Winter’s kept boy, with an allowance or even a salary. Ariel shut down that kind of rumor, hard.

Levi’s an actor, too. Not at her level, but he’s going to be in the new Pacific Rim movie. That’s exciting stuff.

Probably their biggest issue — as far as critics are concerned — is their age gap.

Ariel Winter is 19 and won’t turn 20 until 2018. Levi Meaden just turned 30 a couple of months ago.

Now, that’s a hefty age gap, even though Ariel was an adult when they started dating.

But they’re both adults and they make each other happy, so we don’t think that there’s anything predatory going on.

Honestly? A lot of this couple’s haters seem to just be men who wish that they were the ones dating Ariel Winter. Dream on.

Ariel Winter posted this sweet photo on November 12th.

Admittedly, you don’t normally think of couples getting professional photos done when they’re just dating. Especially for just a year.

In fact, you usually just hear about couples getting professional photos done for their engagement and then for their wedding.

(Unless they’re taking some private, erotic photos and hire a discreet professional)

The Modern Family star included this caption as a tribute to their relationship:

“Happy 1 year anniversary my love. I’m the luckiest girl in the entire world.”

That’s some pretty obligatory gushing, but it’s super sweet.

“Thank you for being the incredible man you are, and for making me the happiest I could’ve ever imagined.”

Ariel Winter had a disturbing, upsetting childhood so we’re so glad that she’s found her bliss.

“Here’s to many, many more. I love you. [heart emoji]”

Before you call her out for thinking that she’s found “the one” at 19, know that even though the odds of that are low (statistically), it happens.

(Two couples I know who were dating when we ate lunch together in high school went on to get married in their twenties, after college. It happens)

“P.S. your crazy butt is the only one who could ever make me agree to jumping off a cliff at a waterfall soooo yeah. I love you.”

That postscript gives us a little context for this lovely photo, which Ariel also shared.

Levi shared those photos, too — and the one that we have up top, as a bonus.

Obviously, he also posted a moving tribute for their one-year dating anniversary:

“I can’t believe it’s been a year.”

Well, he’s 30, so with more than one-third more life experience than Ariel, he would literally perceive the passage of time as going faster than she does.

(We all do; that’s why an hour felt like “forever” as a little kid and now, if you have to leave in an hour, you feel like that’s not enough time to start doing anything — we view time subjectively in proportion to how much life we’ve experienced)

“We’ve had adventures. Gotten dolled up countless times. And traveled through 3 continents together. I never imagined I’d be this happy.”

That almost sounds like an exhausting amount of “adventuring” for one year, but traveling the world is different when you’re in love.

And now for the gushing:

“I love you more than anything! Happy anniversary Peanut Butter!!!!”

Not every nickname has a story to go with it, but we’d love to know if there’s one for Ariel.

Honestly, good for these two lovebirds, you know?

We hope that Levi’s role in the new Pacific Rim serves him well. He probably won’t be front-and-center with John Boyega, but it could be a real career boost.

That said … sometimes, when a couple’s dynamic changes because the less famous member of the relationship’s career takes off, it can upset the balance that they had and lead to a breakup.

That’s not hypothetical. It appears that Chris Pratt’s success ruined his marriage to Anna Faris. It was, at least, a factor.

But for right now, we can all just be happy for Ariel and Levi and the place where they are in their lives.

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Ariel Winter Gets Into the Halloween Spirit, Out of Her Clothes

Technically, any season is bikini season if you’re not a weenie … but it’s been autumn for over a month, now. 

But what’s a beautiful, confident young woman like Ariel Winter to do when her famous bikini photos aren’t in season?

Don’t worry, folks. She’s figured out how to 

When it comes to weather and Halloween costumes, there’s just no winning.

If it’s unseasonably warm (as it certainly is this year — we all saw everyone in L.A. tweeting nonstop about the 101 degree temperatures in late October), people with elaborate, heavier costumes are doomed to wither and die.

If it’s appropriately cool, like late October should be, the skimpy costumes that make the world go ‘round turn into death sentences for the waifs and twinks who are most likely to dress skimpily.

This year’s soaring temperatures have caused many people to despair. People who bought their giraffe costumes back in April, when April the Giraffe finally gave birth … are probably wishing that they’d dressed as slutty bikini models right about now.

The same likely goes for whichever couples decided that they’d dress to match each other — one as Sean Spicer, the other as a mini-fridge.

But Ariel Winter is no stranger to baring some skin.

We don’t know what her Halloween costume is going to be this year, but she’s clearly getting into the Halloween spirit.

And it looks like she’s not struggling to figure out her wardrobe.

Ariel Winter captioned this photo:

“Mickey gave me a ride to the pumpkin patch.”

We don’t know what about that innocuous line reads as innuendo, but some people have seen it that way. (Maybe the word “ride,” we guess?)

Clearly, she’s getting into the Halloween spirit.

It looks like she’s at one of those quintessentially American Halloween attractions that crop up, with pumpkins and games for kids and jump-scare attractions for a wide range of ages.

She is also making that white bikini top work with those jeans.

Bikini season is a state of mind.

This isn’t the first time that Ariel Winter’s paired a white top that bares her abs with a pair of jeans.

It’s a great look on her.

Unfairly, Ariel Winter has gotten a ton of unwarranted criticism for having to audacity to be photographed while being attractive, basically.

She’s been body-shamed, slut-shamed, trolled, and even slammed by her own estranged mother over her pics.

(Of course, Ariel’s mother isn’t estranged by accident — she’s a terrible mother who is accused of inflicting horrible abuse upon Ariel, which is why Ariel won her emancipation as a teenager)

But no matter how confident you are, that kind of backlash can take its toll.

There was a time when we feared that Ariel Winter was done sharing hot pictures. Sometimes, the hate gets to you and it doesn’t seem worth it anymore.

But Ariel Winter isn’t backing down.

In fact, sometimes Ariel Winter’s skimpiest outfits seem designed to spite her haters.

After an unenviable childhood, Ariel Winter doesn’t need any other voices trying to micromanage her personal decisions.

And considering that Ariel was eagerly objectified as a minor over her large breasts (before she got her reduction surgery), it’s awfully hypocritical of people to criticize her now, as an adult, for showing off her body as she chooses.

Hypocritical and creepy … where were these haters when grown adults on the red carpet were treating her like a walking pair of breasts at 14?

But whatever. Whether she’s posing poolside or hanging out by a pumpkin patch, Ariel can wear what she wants and look amazing while she’s at it.

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American Horror Story Season 7 Episode 8 Recap: Winter of Our Discontent

With a handful of episodes left, American Horror Story is going for the jugular as we approach the end of the season. 

When American Horror Story Season 7 Episode 8 got underway, the ladies were still questioning whether Kai was loyal to them now that he was getting closer to his plan for world domination. 

Winter wanted to remain with her brother because she felt like ditching family was not a good idea, and that her own brother would not stab her in the back. 

Well, this is Kai, and he’s already proven he will do whatever needs to be done to get his point across, and you can tell Evan Peters is having a lot of fun with that. 

Winter recalled Halloween in 2015 and revealed she and her blue-haired brother thought it would be fun to cause some trouble online. They were invited to an event at an old farmhouse after trolling social justice people online. 

The party was hosted by a man named Pastor Charles, and he was ready to kill three people who had apparently wronged society. Winter noted that Kai wanted to save everyone. 

He did so and swiftly murdered Pastor Charles. Winter said that Kai was never really the same after that encounter. 

“He realized that you can’t save everyone,” Winter said.

“So it’s better to burn it all down and build a new world.”

Thus, we have a method to Kai’s madness, you guys! Then, things took a turn when there was an awry threesome between Winter, Kai and the detective in the hopes of conceiving a baby. 

“As he enters you, I will enter him,” Kai explained.

“That way, you will remain pure and unsoiled.”

Okay then. We don’t even know what is going on with this show at the best of times, but this was a step too far. The detective was later killed by Winter after he tried to rape her. 

Back in the world of Ally, Vincent confided in Ally that he was Kai’s brother and everything got out of hand. Ally wasted no time in telling people about Vincent. 

She wanted revenge, and she wanted it now. Unfortunately, she was working with the cult, so Kai murdered his brother in front of the entire cult to reiterate the fact that he was in control. 

Um, okay. We get it, Kai. 

What did you think of the latest twists and turns?

Sound off below!

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Ariel Winter Rocks Cleavage, Bares Her Butt While Serving Glamor

If you were one of those who worried that Ariel Winter was done taking sexy photos, let us lay those fears to rest.

Ariel Winter made the cleavage-tastic cover of LaPalme, but that’s not the only photo that they snapped of her. The Modern Family actress’ glorious peach also made an appearance.

She’s gotten criticism for her sexy pics in the past, with haters claiming that they’re lewd, not artistic. We wonder if these tantalizing images will change their minds.

Ariel Winter’s cover photo alone is enough to knock you dead and then bring you right back to life.

That vibrant, powerful red, the intense contrast between her raven hair and fair skin as she serves up classic Hollywood glamour in its 2017 incarnation.

But her out-of-this-world cleavage takes center stage and eats up all of your attention.

Way back in 2015, Ariel Winter underwent breast reduction surgery for multiple reasons.

She was tired of every report talking about her breasts. Mind you, this was happening to her as a minor, and grown-ass adults who should have known better were talking to and about her on the red carpet as if she were just a pair of disembodied melons.

Also, extra-large breasts are massively (pun not intended) inconvenient for the boob-haver, whether they’re shopping for bras or trying to lay on their stomachs or even just trying to move about like a normal person.

But as you can see, it looks like she not only achieved a perfect size balance for herself, she is looking positively perfect.

Don’t worry; the camera and the good folks at LaPalme did not forget about Ariel Winter’s other good side.

That image is enough to make anyone wish that they’d never quit practicing art and could turn that into a painting, you know?

Her leg and the entire right side of her butt are bare, but even Ariel Winter’s worst critic — her horrible, slut-shamng mother — would have a hard time trying to call this crass or shameful.

This is art. This is beauty. This is Ariel Winter.

She’s so perfectly framed by those vines that this would be a lovely picture even if we were only seeing a silhouette.

And we also get a close-up of Ariel Winter’s stunning makeup.

That intriguing wig is a major callback to classic Hollywood glamour, as is so much of the look that she’s rocking.

That goes well with her fair skin, facial features, and curvier figure.

Ariel Winter is a classic beauty.

And we have tos ay that, even though we’re not necessarily the biggest fans of bangs, those raven bangs that she’s sporting are so intriguing that it does not in any way detract from the photoshoot.

Oh, and speaking of classic Hollywood looks. …

Ariel Winter stuns and amazes, even when she’s in black and white.

Even in the background, her cleavage grabs your attention.

Everything’s working for her — her look, her pose, her lighting, her outfit.

That said, we don’t mind the poolside selfies. Or the twerking videos.

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Ariel Winter: Done Sharing Sexy Photos?!

You can usually count on Ariel Winter to show off her curves in amazing outfits. Trolls telling her to cover up don’t make her back down — she sticks it to her haters with another selfie.

But we’ve noticed lately that there’s been a lull in Ariel’s racier pics.

Is it just because she’s busy, or has all of the hate that she gets for dressing and posing the way that she wants gotten to her, causing her to drop the act for good?

We would hate to think that the haters have won.

Not just because Ariel Winter is, in addition to being a thoughtful and well-spoken young women and a talented actress, super … easy to look upon.

Though that is obviously a factor.

But no one, and particularly not a 19-year-old who has only been able to really live her life for a few years after escaping from a horrible childhood, should have their lives dictated to them by haters.

Whether it’s Ariel Winter twerking again or showing off her butt tattoo, there’s nothing wrong with advertising her body if that’s what she wants to do.

But trolls like to post hate in her comments, telling her to cover up.

These hateful voices are echoing Ariel’s awful mother, who repeatedly slut-shames her estranged daughter in the media in a transparent ploy for attention.

… All so that she can beg for sympathy and support from her children who, rightly, want nothing to do with her.

While Ariel Winter’s given us a glimpse of herself working out her butt, we haven’t seen much lately on her Instagram. And you can’t tell us that October’s been too cool to wear a bikini.

So … is Ariel going to give in and let haters tell her how to dress?

According to HollywoodLife‘s source, Ariel Winter hears the hate but she’s not going to submit to their demands.

Ariel tries to ignore all the haters as much as she can, but it does get to her sometimes.”

We’re all that way, right? No matter how strong you are, sometimes it sinks in.

“She’s not going to stop posting whatever photos she wants though, and she knows that trolls are just an inevitable part of social media.”

That is a relief.

Not just that she’s not going to cut out flaunting what she’s got, but that she has a healthy sense of perspective when it comes to trolls, hate, and social media.

She has good reason for not backing down.

Ariel works really hard to stay in shape, and she’s really proud of all that she’s achieved — she looks and feels amazing.”

We’ve seen some of those workouts and they’re no joke.

“As far as she’s concerned people trolling her Instagram need to get a life, and leave her alone to live hers.”

We absolutely agree.

Ariel Winter has no reason to back down.

Not only does every adult on the planet have the right to show as much, or as little, of themselves as they’d like …

(Provided that the social media platform that they’re utilizing is okay with such photos, but Ariel Winter tends to stay within the realm of what’s appropriate for Instagram0

… But every time that Ariel Winter showcases her peach in daisy dukes or a string bikini and every time that she flashes some underboob or major cleavage, she’s helping to boost her own image as a young actress.

Modern Family might feel like it’s been on television for centuries, but it won’t last forever. She’ll want another acting job after that, and then another and another.

Staying relevant is important, and there’s a reason that — even with controversy included — Ariel gets talked about more than most of her costars.

One thing that haters love to give Ariel a hard time for, aside from daring to be a corporeal being and then having the audacity to take pictures of her body, is her boyfriend.

Levi Meaden only just turned 30 and they’re both adults (and were both adults when they began dating), but people who don’t like the relationship say that the age gap alarms them.

Ariel is also much more famous and more successful as an actress than Levi, which has led to more criticism of their relationship and also to the occasional humiliation rumor about their dynamic.

But Levi is also an actor, and he’s going to be in the new Pacific Rim film (we’re super hyped about that, honestly).

Remember how Anna Faris used to be the more famous one in her (now over) marriage with Chris Pratt? And then he became one of the biggest actors ever.

We never know what’s on the horizon for actors and their careers.

What we suspect is that the people who complain about their relationship don’t really care. They wouldn’t like anyone who was dating Ariel Winter.

Isn’t that sad?

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